Peterlee Sunday League: Thornley problem for high-flying CIU in big cup upset

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THORNLEY Harry’s Bar caused a big upset in the John & Pat McManus Memorial Cup, toppling Premier Division leaders Easington CIU.

Kyle Middleton and Dave Jackson grabbed the vital goals in a 2-1 win, with Tom Goundry replying.

In the Second Division, leaders Shotton Builders Warehouse edged a five-goal thriller against second-top Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion.

Karl Garside (2) and Paul Robinson secured a 3-2 win, moving Shotton 10 points clear. Neil Luke and Aaron Brown responded.

Two Dave Kember strikes were not enough for Peterlee Hearts, who lost 3-2 to third-placed New Seaham Conservative Club, Craig Scurr firing a superb, match-winning hat-trick.

Wingate Plough Inn stayed fourth after an epic 7-5 defeat of Easington Half Moon. John Scott notched a hat-trick, while Devine, Stokoe, and subs Gorton and Wood also found the target. Ian Craggs hit a hat-trick in vain for Moon, with James Connor and Gavin Fahey also on target.

Another high-scoring game saw Acre Rigg Celtic pip Hetton Fox and Hounds 6-4. Chris Anderson and Scott Jackson each bagged trebles, with Tom Scurfield (2), Karl Powney and Anthony Froud replying for Fox.

Peterlee Oaklands and New Seaham Mallard drew 3-3. Karl Arkwright, Martin Mason and Alan Robinson netted for Oaklands, with Tony Welburn, Ashley Wilkinson and sub James Brett replying.

Seaham Marlborough had Anthony McGhinn (2), Mick Kennedy, Wes Smith, Kyle Miller and substitute Bill Chisholm. to thank for a crushing 6-1 win over Haswell Oddfellows Arms, who had Neil Cook on target.

In the First Division, the top two clubs both won comfortably to strengthen their promotion claims.

Leaders Easington Welfare outgunned Seaham Phoenix 6-3, with two-goal Joe Taboun, Josh Lincoln, Jamie Stott and sub Ian Rickaby (2) all netting.

Goals from Josh Broom, Kieran Purvis and substitute Paul Elliott paved the way for Easington Southside to defeat Wingate Grange 3-0.

The gap at the top remains at four points, with both clubs having played 12 matches.

South Hetton Cricket Club, with games in hand on the top two, secured a 3-1 victory over FC Easington thanks to Alan Curl, Graham Hall and sub James Davidson, while Daniel Sinnett hit a consolation.

Thomas Bott earned Easington HMS Victory a 1-1 draw against Hetton Social. Neil Stevenson replied.

Bottom club Peterlee Central Club had Michael Bayles on target in a 7-1 mauling from Murton New Hesledon. Doubles from Alan Dodds and Dave Parry sparked Hesledon, backed by Adam Hughes, Paul Hossack and sub Mark Naylor.

In the Premier Division, second-top Wingate and third-placed Peterlee Helford United both won to close the gap on leaders Easington CIU.

Wingate enjoyed a 4-1 triumph against Peterlee Catholic Club, with Sean English replying to efforts from Geoff Bruce, Keith Bailey, Dave Clogg and Johnny Briggs.

Helford romped to a 6-0 win against Murton Park View, as Gary Shaw’s clinical hat-trick was supported by Dan Reeves (2) and Michael Cain.

John Purvis (2) and Kyle Scott steered Easington Lane WMC home 3-0 against Seaham Island to boost their survival fight,.

Bottom club Horden Comrades endured a crushing 5-2 derby defeat to Horden CW Supporters, who had Kristopher Hope, Ken Pounder, Robert Taylor, Jonathan Pearson and sub Jonathan Monaghan on the scoresheet.

Seaham The George beat Hetton The Tuns 3-0, courtesy of Dan McEwan, Tom Hobkirk and Ryan Temple.

Lee Smith (2) and Scott Danks gave Shotton Comrades a 3-2 win over Darlington Haughton Grey Horse to reach the Heart Foundation Cup semi-final.